I got my first look at a 1998-born goalie that’s been getting lots of buzz in NHL scouting circles out west – Linden Marshall with the Trail Smoke Eaters. He made 33 saves and let in one in a 2-0 loss to Vernon tonight. If not for his performance the game would have been a lot more lopsided…he stopped 28 in the first two periods to keep the game scoreless and give his team a chance. At 6-3 205 he’s got the size scouts crave, and he also possesses good athletic ability and technique…he drops smoothly into the butterfly and has good post-to-post movement. He had trouble handling the puck on a few occasions so that will be an area he’ll have to continue working on, but early impression is that he’s got a chance at being drafted as an 18-year old.